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Frequently Asked Questions
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What device do I need to use Math Arcade?
MintyBrain Math Arcade will be available on the iOS App Store (compatible with iPhones and iPads), the Google Play Store (compatible with Android phones and tablets), and on any web browser (compatible with any laptop or computer).
What age is Math Arcade for?
While the initial MintyBrain Math Arcade curriculum is designed for 4-8-year-olds, it can help anyone improve their number sense and basic math fluency. No reading skills are necessary to get started using the app as it gives both audio and text prompts.
What curriculum does Math Arcade teach?
The initial curriculum aligns with the US Common Core Mathematics Standards from grades K-2. However, MintyBrain is developing a curriculum that goes beyond the Common Core to introduce concepts we think are very important for young minds and overlooked by traditional curriculums. These topics include logic, probability, set theory, and more.
How does Math Arcade keep kids motivated?
We make it really fun to learn by providing kids with meaningful challenges and strong incentives to improve their skills.
Our progression system adjusts the difficulty level to the optimal range for getting kids in a state of "flow" where they are maximally engaged. This range occurs at the edge of their competence level, where the challenge is stimulating but not so much so that they become frustrated.
Our rewards system makes kids feel great about the effort they are putting in regardless of the outcome, while also incentivizing them to try to get answers correct to increase their benefits. By solving visual math puzzles, kids earn in-game currency which can be used to unlock new characters and content, purchase exciting costume upgrades for their characters, and upgrade the player's environment.
Why is it important for kids to learn math?
Math is the foundation of logical reasoning. It promotes rationality, discipline, and the ability to overcome adversity. Those who succeed in math are likely to be resilient problem solvers in all areas of life. Kids who develop math confidence and fluency at a young age are far more likely to succeed in math throughout their education and are more likely to pursue STEM careers with high job security. Math literate adults are more financially literate, better at risk assessment, and less likely to be manipulated by poorly constructed logical arguments.
Math is the language that humans have created over centuries to describe our universe. Math helps people see reality more clearly because it directly describes reality. For this reason, math skills are invaluable in all branches of science and technology. Math is inherently beautiful as it encapsulates the complexity and wonder of the universe we inhabit.
“If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.” -John von Neumann